TITLE-CHASERS SINGED BY FOREST FIRE
BRIGHTON need to be careful now. There are shades of last season developing when a midseason slump eventually cost the Seagulls automatic promotion.
They got into the play-offs with a storming finish, but had shot themselves in the foot with a dismal run of seven games without a victory. It’s only two games without a win now, but there is less leeway with the final run-in looming.
The midweek defeat at home to Newcastle was damaging and this adds to the pressure.
There was controversy in the way Brighton lost, an offside claim for the first goal, a goalkeeper’s howler for the second and a penalty for the third, but that isn’t the whole story.
Against a Forest side struggling to keep clear of relegation and their team selection hit by injuries, they were poor.
Brighton have now lost four out of their last 11, the shocking FA Cup loss at Lincoln included, and a big performance and a win is needed at Rotherham on Tuesday.